Where's SHARE is an odyssey across the Omaha metro to discover causes that matter, presented by Core Bank. Did you decode this clue?
They improve community health and empower your neighborhood, This Omaha metro organization grows all things good. They know with 2020’s pandemic there is a need for more, So they’re seeking to produce 10 times beyond ever before. Attend a virtual workshop or donate to support the cause, Their work to build a healthy community, one of unity, is worthy of applause.
Although mental health conditions are extremely common, we rarely talk openly about our mental health in the way we do about our physical health. It’s time that’s changed. WhatMakesUs is a new local initiative collecting stories from community members living with mental health conditions, and their allies, to highlight what makes them who they are — not defined by a mental health condition.
Once again, the caring hearts of the Omaha/Council Bluffs metro have proven that together we can make big things happen.
In July 2020, ten community-minded local banks partnered with the common goal of providing all metro families the supplies needed for a successful school year. These institutions, including ACCESSbank, American National Bank, Bank of Bennington, Core Bank, Dundee Bank, First National Bank of Omaha, Great Western Bank, Pinnacle Bank, Security National Bank, UMB Bank and Well Fargo, led the effort to collect school supplies for a dozen organizations with the Banking on School Supplies drive.
Over the course of two weeks, boxes of supplies were delivered to bank branches and NorthStar Foundation by generous donors.
Story shared by Adrielle Griffin, Completely KIDS Chief Marketing and Development Officer
When the COVID-19 pandemic washed over the Omaha metro area in mid-March, much was unknown. Many, including those at Completely KIDS, thought they might be shut down for a week or so and then life would return to some sense of normalcy. The Completely KIDS staff realized quickly that would not be the case and jumped into action.
Completely KIDS staff began distributing 200 bags of food every Friday in partnership with Food Bank for the Heartland as a drive-up mobile pantry. But as the line of cars backed up on St. Mary’s Ave., it became evident the need was even greater.
*Note: Photos shared in this story were taken prior to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Restoring Dignity depends heavily on volunteers and donors to ensure refugees have a decent place to live.
Restoring Dignity brings refugee families furniture and household items to transform a living space into a home where they can thrive. Their work also includes teaching basic cleaning skills and providing critical housing advocacy for refugees.
Volunteer Jeff and Crystal Young make community service projects a family endeavor. They began pitching in on Restoring Dignity makeovers of refugee homes after seeing a call for help.
This article is the first in a new series. SHARE Omaha is pleased to collaborate with Western Iowa Development Association (WIDA) to feature rural Iowans who are doing good. Learn more about WIDA.
Though it’s a short acronym, CASA volunteers play a significant role in the lives of many in Southwest Iowa. Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASAs) do the unseen work to ensure the best interests of vulnerable youth in our community, work that deserves to be recognized.
The Southwest Iowa CASA Program recruits community volunteers to serve as a voice in court for abused and neglected children, to secure a safe, permanent and nurturing home for all. One of these dedicated volunteers is Sheila Lewis of Treynor, Iowa.
Jesi, Aaron and little Dax moved to Omaha during shutdowns due to COVID-19. Within minutes of speaking with Jesi, her generous spirit shines through. It comes as no surprise that during this time of isolation, she and her family are choosing to get to know the metro by asking, “How can we safely give back to our new community?”
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